Daily Archives: June 3, 2014

As I mentioned earlier, I voted in the Primary today. Yay. It was a load of fun.1 And, of course, the reward for voting is always the sticker. They haven’t changed the design of the stickers over the course of my life, so there’s not really anything exciting about that. Well, except when you have to figure out where you can stick them. That is always the fun part because I didn’t really want to throw it away.2 Anyway. Remember how I mentioned that this was the only time of the election process where someone I vote for might win? They didn’t. Not shocking. Well, Parker Griffith winning his race was. Admittedly the person running against him hadn’t advertised, but I thought that surely no one would vote for the man after he was elected to Congress as a Democrat, switched parties halfway through his first term, didn’t get reelected, and changed back to the Democratic party to run for Governor. If ever there has been a politician who has waffled, it is this man. I’ll still end up voting for him in November because even with his changing of parties and inherent lack of trust that I have toward the man, he is still a better choice than another four years of Bentley. What else? Oh, I haven’t been accused of any forms of terrorism or bigotry today. There’s still less than an hour left in my Time Zone, though, so I guess that there’s still time. Funnily enough, the actual terrorism claim that they made against feminists in general3 looks a little strange now that the Detroit Police have said that they were never contacted about those threats. One would think that if they were actually concerned about terrorism,4 that they would have explained why they needed that extra security. But, they haven’t. And, to me, that’s weird. Also, since the MRM has been behind past bogus allegations of serious crimes5, I wonder if maybe the threats that the hotel has received might be from them. It makes as much sense as anything. I had some other stuff I wanted to blog about, but I think I’ll call it a night instead. Not really. ↩Knowing my luck, if I threw the damn thing away, I would be called un-American. ↩They confuse the terms movement and organization because they think that all feminists belong to the same organization. Poor babies. ↩Fort Shelby owner Emmett Moten said he wasn’t aware of the conference or threats, but said it’s not unusual for hotels to require additional security. Officer Adam Madera, a Detroit police spokesman, confirmed hotel officials recently contacted the department about hiring off-duty officers who work in the Secondary Employment program. The program was established by the city in 2011 and allows uniformed off-duty officers to moonlight as security guards. – From The Detroit News ↩When he’s accused of being overly paranoid for recommending that men secretly record phone conversations with anyone they are likely to have sex with, he turns around and talks about the time he fended off a mob of 20-30 feminists wielding box cutters. When his critics say he hates women, he points to the time he protected the identity of a woman who was threatened with violence by “self-identified feminists” merely for offering to debate the merits of feminism. … Take the first yarn, about the box cutters. Vancouver police records show that there was indeed an altercation in Spetember of 2012 between Hembling and others seeking to tear down men’s rights posters. However, according to the police, Hembling was arguing with two or three people, not being accosted by a “mob” of any size. When questioned by the authorities, neither Hembling nor witnesses mentioned seeing any weapons. Furthermore, police state that Hembling had the right to put up posters where the altercation took place, and no mention of an arrest threat is made. Curiously enough, Hembling actually videotaped the events and had his AV4M Radio partner Karen Straughan post it online. The discussion with the police has been conveniently edited out, but the rest of the video clearly matches police records and not Hembling’s story. There are only a few young men taking down Hembling’s posters, and the video shows them choosing to ignore him except when he engages them in conversation. One of the men is seen using a box cutter to take down the flyers, but at no time does he use it as a weapon, raise his voice, or threaten Hembling in any way. From The Daily Beast ↩

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turnaboutjustice: taintedmelodies: What a fabulous way to start the week: misigynists on Twitter are trying to degrade the severity of last weekend’s massacre and twitter movement #YesAllWomen by posting pretentious things under the hash tag #YesAllCats. I’m actually really pissed off about this….like 6 people died last week and you’re (already) joking about it and dismissing/degrading the experiences of others who are victims of abuse and harassment? What the fuck. 1. The yes all cats tag is fucking hilarious. This is coming from a woman. 2. Humor is humanity’s way of coping with terrible things. Doesn’t mean we’re trying to make light of them or be distespectful. 3. While they may have been made with good intentions, some of the yes all women posts actually do sound like that. 4. YOU’RE the ones trying to use the deaths of multiple people to further your agenda. This isn’t the first time, either. – Phoenix In general, humor is a great coping strategy, but I do take issue with the people who are using this as an opportunity to mock persons with PTSD, who have been abused, who have been raped, etc. Is it really ever right to make fun of people who have been traumatized? via Tumblr

via Instagram Just got back from voting. There were only 2 positions on my Democratic Primary ballot, though. And I know they probably won’t win come November. Still, I voted. I know that a lot of people in other areas of the US choose not to vote because they think their vote won’t count. Well, I think that’s bullshit. I live in a very red state. I vote knowing that who I vote for will not win, but still I vote. By voting against the majority in my state, I’m expressing that they are not the only people who have opinions here and are not the only people who deserve representation. I’m trying to say that voting isn’t always about picking the winner. It’s about speaking up for yourself and what you want and for what you feel is best for the future of where you live. If you don’t win, you have still expressed this and that is very important.


100 LGBTQ Black Women You Should Know: The Epic Black History Month Megapost (Being Posted Here For LGBT Pride Month): thepoliticalfreakshow: This epic megapost is your glorious opportunity to meet 100 amazing black LGBT women who’ve made their mark over the last 150 years. See the first 20 below, then click the above link to see all 100 who made the list. Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender women represent a vibrant and visible portion of the LGBTQ community. In addition to the legends of the Harlem Renaissance and the decades of groundbreaking activism spearheaded by women like Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith and Angela Davis, many of the most prominent coming out stories of the past two years have been black women like Brittney Griner, Raven-Symonè, Diana King and Robin Roberts. Meanwhile, Laverne Cox and Janet Mock have become the most visible transgender women in media.  So, in honor of Black History Month, below you’ll find over 100 lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer and transgender women you should know about. If she was still alive, the oldest person in this list would be 189 years old. The youngest person on this list is a mere 21 years of age. Like all our lists of this sort, this post aims to contain a wide variety of humans of all ages and backgrounds, from reality TV show stars (despite its numerous failings, Reality TV has been a major mainstream source of LGBTQ visibility dating back to the early ’90s) to State Representatives to actresses to game-changing activists.  Keep in mind, there are so many more prominent black LGBT women than are represented below. This list isn’t representative or comprehensive, but I did aim to include the “big names” and beyond that, present a broad and diverse range of visible women. The hardest part of making this list was that it was originally twice as long! So please feel free to share some of your heroes in the comments and we’ll have more lists like this in the future! If any of these pictures have been attributed incorrectly or lack proper attribution or contain misinformation, please email bren [at] autostraddle [dot] com and she will fix (or remove it) for you. Frances E.W. Harper (1825-1911), Abolitionist / Poet / Author Harper published her first book of poetry at age 20 and her first novel at the age of 67. She chaired the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, helped slaves escape through the Underground Railroad, and spoke all over the country with the American Anti-Slavery Society. She helped found the National Association of Colored Women in 1894 and published in so many periodicals that she became known as the “mother of African-American journalism.” She is listed in Lesbian Lists as an “early Black Lesbian and Bisexual Writer.” Edmonia “Wildfire” Lewis (1844-1907), Sculptor This African-Haitian-Ojibwe Native American sculptor was born in New York and began studying art at Oberlin in Ohio, one of the first universities to accept women and non-white people, and later began sculpting in Boston. She showed her work internationally and spent most of her career in Rome. The National Gay History Project notes that “she is considered one of a few African-American artists to develop a fan base that crossed racial, ethnic and national boundaries — and the first to develop a reputation as an acclaimed sculptor, which would later give her access to circles that generally excluded people of color and women.” Alice Dunbar Nelson (1875-1935), Poet / Journalist / Activist Nelson, who allegedly separated from her first husband, poet Paul Dunbar, in 1902 because he was “disturbed” by her lesbian affairs, was an influential writer and journalist active in efforts to promote African-American and women’s rights. She was a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Angelina Weld Grimké (1880-1958), Journalist / Teacher / Poet / Playwright Harlem Renaissance writer Grimké, who was biracial (her father was the second African-American to graduate from Harvard Law), was one of the first African-American women to have a play performed publicly. Of that play, The NAACP said, “This is the first attempt to use the stage for race propaganda in order to enlighten the American people relating to the lamentable condition of ten millions of Colored citizens in this free republic.” At 16, she wrote a letter to her female friend Mamie Burrile in which she declared, “I know you are too young now to become my wife, but I hope, darling, that in a few years you will come to me and be my love, my wife!” Modern literary critics who have analyzed Grimké’s work have found “strong evidence” that she was lesbian or bisexual. Georgia Douglas Johnson (1880-1966), Poet / Playwright Another prominent figure in the flourishing Harlem Renaissance, Johnson grew up in Atlanta, the daughter of an African and Native American mother and an African-American and English father. In addition to writing poems and plays, she was an anti-lynching activist and hosted weekly Salons with other friends associated with the Harlem Renaissance, like Lanston Hughes and Angelina Weld Grimke. The book Lesbian Lists notes that “although her letters reveal love relationships with women, she is best known in the heterosexual world for her affair with W.E.B. DuBois.” Ma Rainey (1886-1939), Blues Singer The legendary “Mother of the Blues” was one of the first blues singers to record. She toured extensively all over the country for mixed audiences and released over 94 records. Her 1928 song “Prove it On Me Blues” declared They said I do it, ain’t nobody caught me. Sure got to prove it on me. Went out last night with a crowd of my friends. They must’ve been women, cause I don’t like no men. Gladys Bentley (1907-1960), Blues Singer Bentley is a legend known for her piano-playing, raunchy lyrics and her signature top hat and tuxedo, headlning gay speakeasies and Harlem’s Ubangi Club and later in Southern California. Bentley was an out lesbian from the get-go and once, dressed in “men’s clothing,” tried to marry a woman in Atlantic City. But during the McCarthy era Bentley took a turn — she married a man and wrote an article for Ebony magazine entitled “I am woman again,” about how […]